Beset my miscues, the still-winless Bulldoggs hope to build on last week’s bright spots.
Christian Hodge passed for 96 yards, including one 58-yard gain to Dante Jones, and Atrez Gladmon scored on a five-yard run to pull the Bulldoggs within two touchdowns of Loganville at one point.
SALEM SEMINOLES (8-AAAA)
■ Coach: John Starr
■ Record: 3-5, 3-5 region
■ Last week: Beat Cedar Shoals 24-21
WINDER-BARROW BULLDOGGS (8-AAAA)
■ Coach: David Wagner
■ Record: 0-7, 0-7 region
■ Last week: Lost to Loganville 32-7
“It’s play like that we have to have more of,” Winder-Barrow coach David Wagner said.
“Offensively, we’ve played well a lot of the time.”
If they find their way, the Bulldoggs still have potential for three wins, more than in four of the last five seasons.
And as judged by record, wins might come more easily against 3-5 Salem or now 1-6 Cedar Shoals in Week 10, and less so against now 5-2 Apalachee in Week 9.
“We’re a good football team that’s just had some bad breaks,” Wagner said. “If we’re right in our assignments and don’t make mistakes, we can win.”
The Bulldoggs have been outscored 25-6 on average, and have scored more than a touchdown in only two games.
Defensively, Hogan Anderson has led the way with 39 tackles, including nine for losses, and Gladmon and Kendrick Davis have 28 and 19, respectively. Anderson and Al Schotter have two sacks apiece, and Anderson and Chad Platt have picked off passes.
“There are a lot of positive things going on that don’t necessarily reflect in win-loss record,” Wagner said. “We’re not a team people can just go out on the field and not worry about.”
■ Last meeting: Salem won 41-7 last year
■ Directions to Winder-Barrow High School: From I-85, take Hwy. 211 south. Turn left on Rockwell Church, right on City Pond. Stadium is on the left.